NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 06, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(DC) Reagan administration's new flat rate Medicare payment system examined; implications for hospitals and patients alike considered. Cases of Stella Watson, Olive Guess and James Robinson cited as example [ROBINSON - is worried.] [Dr. Paul McTAMMANY - feels system will financially destroy hospital.] [HHS Secretary Margaret HECKLER - believes hospitals' previous system was bankrupting Medicare.] Positions of physicians such as Dr. Andrew Weinfeldt on American Med. Association's call for temporary wage freeze and federal government's role in their fee assessment outlined. [WEINFELDT - explains stance.] [Senator Edward KENNEDY - claim hospitals and doctors charge too much.] Proposal of Kennedy and Representative Richard Gephardt outlined. Other proposals, affecting patients such as Maurice Rausch considered. [Medicare architect Wilbur COHEN - would expand Medicare benefits.] [ROBINSON, WATSON, PATIENT - credit Medicare with saving their lives.]
REPORTER: Robert Hager
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